British Columbia aerospace workers fight concessions

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

DELTA, British Columbia — Over 150 day-shift workers, members of International Association of Machinists Local 11, walked off the job Aug. 1 to protest Avcorp’s concession demands. These include attacks on seniority rights and vacations, contracting out jobs, and no…


An Unconditional Soldier of the Revolution

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

The following excerpt is from “‘El Gallego’ Fernández — An Unconditional Soldier of the Revolution,” the speech given by José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, at the memorial tribute to José Ramón Fernández in…


Jew-hatred incited by capitalist rulers in times of crisis

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Fleeing Nazi terror, over 900 Jewish refugees on ship St. Louis in 1939. Imperialist “democratic” governments in Washington and Ottawa refused asylum, forcing refugees back to Europe.

The excerpt below is from chapter one of   The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation by Abram Leon, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for January. Leon was won to Marxism from Zionism by supporters of Leon Trotsky. He led…


‘Don’t make us go West Virginia on you!’

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

In the light of the strike by teachers in Los Angeles and upcoming battles by teachers in other cities and states, we print below an excerpt from In Defense of the US Working Class by Mary-Alice Waters. Copyright © 2019 Pathfinder…


Chicago cop who killed Laquan McDonald gets prison

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Right, Rev. Marvin Hunter, uncle of Laquan McDonald killed by Chicago cops in 2014.

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in state prison by Judge Vincent Gaughan Jan. 18 for the October 2014 killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald. He had been convicted of second-degree murder…


SWP takes books, ‘Militant’ broadly to working people

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

“You ask what’s it like here,” said 28-year-old Rachel Meeler when Anthony Dutrow, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Miami City Commission, and campaign supporters met her in Clewiston, Florida, 100 miles north of Miami, Jan. 19. They were knocking on…


Readers contribute to winter appeal for ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

Oil refinery worker Ben Fields in the Bay Area contributed $100 to the Militant  to help the socialist newsweekly meet expenses in the winter months. Fields explained he got a Militant  subscription for his sister as a gift recently. After…


Los Angeles teachers won with broad strike support

Fight inspires teachers in Denver, Virginia, Oakland
Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Teachers picket Dorsey High School in Los Angeles Jan. 17 before strike settled. Capitalist rulers there underestimated widespread support teachers strike got from working people.

LOS ANGELES — A spirited and popular six-day strike by more than 30,000 teachers here ended Jan. 22 after a majority voted to approve a new contract. Teachers won widespread support from students, parents and other workers as they demonstrated…


UK capitalist rulers ‘Brexit’ political crisis continues on

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, England — A “Brexit-in-name-only” deal negotiated by the U.K. government with the European Union — two and a half years in the making — was overwhelmingly voted down in the House of Commons Jan. 15. This reflects the deep…


Florida voting rights victory spurs fights in Iowa, Kentucky

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

The successful fight to restore voting rights to more than a million former prisoners in Florida has spread to Iowa and Kentucky. Constitutional provisions in those two states continue to bar the right to vote to most people released after…